Legal Current
Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.
The Life of a White House Correspondent - Caren Bohan of Reuters
The 2016 election has been a fascinating affair for pundits and the public alike, and with just over six months until election day, there are bound to be many surprises.

Of the people fortunate enough to have a front row seat is Caren Bohan, deputy U.S. elections editor for Reuters. She has covered the White House during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, and is a key member of the Washington Press Club Foundation.

Caren was gracious enough to sit down with us to record a special edition of the Legal Current podcast, where we discuss her work, the challenge of covering bombastic candidates and the enduring importance of journalism in our hyper-connected world.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

A New Era of US-EU Data Prviacy

European Union privacy officials are expected to announce next week whether they plan to approve a new "Data Privacy Shield" arrangement with the US that would uphold privacy rights for Europeans and limit US government surveillance involving their data.

The previous EU-U.S. “Safe Harbor” agreement was rejected by the European Court of Justice, thanks to U.S. mass surveillance programs.

Michael Whitener of VLP Law Group discusses the many complex issues involved.

Direct download: US_EU__Data_Privacy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

Your Next Client Wants to Hire You...NOW!

You know that choosing the right attorney is no small decision.

Yet surprisingly, people looking for a legal representative don’t exactly take it slow. Once they understand that they’re facing a legal need, today’s legal consumers get right to work finding a firm.

Why the need for speed?

FindLaw’s new white paper on legal consumer behavior examines how the power of emotion and the fear of loss often lead to these urgent behaviors. Legal consumers typically recognize that they’re facing potentially major risks – perhaps financial, perhaps penal – and they worry accordingly. They’re anxious to stave off any future legal or financial difficulties that they or their loved ones could be facing.

Logically, to avoid the negative outcomes they fear, legal consumers urgently seek competent, skilled representation. They want an attorney whom they can trust to deal with those potential consequences as soon as possible.

The bottom line for your practice: If you can convince them that you have the credentials and experience to keep them safe, your firm becomes a very attractive choice to today’s legal consumers.

 

http://www.lawyermarketing.com/white-papers/your-next-client-wants-to-hire-you-now/

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:48pm EDT

Transforming How Technology is Taught in Schools: Mind Your Business

An interview with Debbie Foster, co-CEO of Apps for Good, whose mission is to transform the way technology is taught in schools; to empower students from all backgrounds to seize the opportunities of our digital age and create solutions to the problems they care about, using technology.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

Wait, What?   Episode 16 - The Podcast Awakens

If you're looking for ONES and ZEROS this is not the episode for you, this episode is all about popular culture!!  The show talks at length about the latest installment of Star Wars (SPOILERS IN PODCAST).  The guys tell stories of their immediate reactions and emotional responses to the key events of the film -which included some tears.  There are even some great Wookie impressions done as well.

After the initial discussion about the actual movie, the guys go on a ride that asks some tough questions, such as:  "How does Chewbacca work on such small instruments with so much fur on his hands?" and "How does Rey master "The Force" in such a short time in the movie?"

So, buckle you seat-belts and get ready for an entertainment-heavy version on "Wait, What!?"

What do you think about the topic in this episode? Do you love us? Hate us? Got some great ideas? Please send your thoughts, feedback and show ideas to our NEW email address: waitwhatshow@thomsonreuters.com (or waitwhatshow@tr.com). Also, you can reach the team on Twitter: Matt Angelicola (@MattAngelicola), Joe Harris (@Jwh37), Rob Russell (@batogato) and Jason Thomas (@jasonthomas). We’re also on iTunes – just enter “Legal Current” in the search box.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:28pm EDT

What Kind of Supreme Court Justice Would Merrick Garland Be?

The nomination of Merrick Garland as U.S. Supreme Court justice is raising numerous questions – both legal and political. Both aspects are discussed with Prof. Ronald Rotunda, Professor, Doy and Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

Professor Scalia & the Paper Chase

Justice Antonin Scalia made his mark in jurisprudence as a Supreme Court Justice, but he also touched people's lives as a law professor.

Justice Scalia served on the faculty of both the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Chicago Law School.

Michael Whitener of VLP Law Group studied under Justice Scalia and reflects on Antonin Scalia the law professor.

Direct download: Having_Justice_Scalia_as_a_Law_Professor.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

The Supreme Court Without Scalia - An Interview with Reuters Legal Columnist Alison Frankel

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session with eight seated justices, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia,  And Justice Scalia's absence from the bench is already impacting significant class action cases that are coming before the Court.

Reuters legal columnist Alison Frankel discusses how this is affecting these key cases.  In a recent column, Frankel noted that Dow Chemical last week settled a class action case and dropped its petition for Supreme Court review, citing "“increased likelihood for unfavorable outcomes for businesses involved in class action suits.”


After a prolonged absence due to holidays, vacations and two feet of snow in the Washington, D.C. area, the guys are back!!

The show starts out with the show recounting the story of two Virgina Tech college students (male and female) who were involved in the disappearance of a teenage girl.  The guy discuss how the use of the app "Kik" was used by the perpetrators of this crime to ultimately lure the young girl to her death.  This then leads to a discussion about mobile apps and the dangers that they pose to teens and young children and potentially adults as well.  

Moving on deeper into the show, the discussion transitions into a discussion surrounding inappropriate photos and text messages sent via cell phone or other mobile devices.

What do you think about the topic in this episode? Do you love us? Hate us? Got some great ideas? Please send your thoughts, feedback and show ideas to our NEW email address: waitwhatshow@thomsonreuters.com (or waitwhatshow@tr.com). Also, you can reach the team on Twitter: Matt Angelicola (@MattAngelicola), Joe Harris (@Jwh37), Rob Russell (@batogato) and Jason Thomas (@jasonthomas). We’re also on iTunes – just enter “Legal Current” in the search box.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

The Legacy of Justice Scalia & the Future of the Supreme Court

What impact did Justice Antonin Scalia have on the Supreme Court? And what lies ahead for the Court? 

Legal Current explores these questions with Prof. Ronald D. Rotunda, The Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at Chapman University, and co-author of Nowak and Rotunda's Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT